Students settle into IKB Studio School's new £3.4million home

April 02 2016
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Students at Keynsham’s IKB School have moved into their £3.4 million state-of-the-art building.

April 2016


Students at Keynsham’s IKB School have moved into their £3.4 million state-of-the-art building.

The school, whose curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, opened in September with 65 students, who are now settling into their new base.

Principal Debbie Gibbs said: “They are thrilled to be here. They enjoy using equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters and love the integrated technology, with Apple TVs everywhere and touch screens in every workshop and classroom. It is such an inspirational working environment.”

IKB will eventually have up to 300 students, aged 14 to 18. Younger students do a day’s work experience every fortnight and sixth-formers a day a week, through the school’s links with local employers including Buro Happold, Kier, Arup, Hartwell Jaguar and the Ministry of Defence.

IKB, named after engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is one of six schools in the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and spent the first few months in temporary accommodation at Wellsway School.

The trust’s chief executive Andrea Arlidge said: “The IKB Studio School is a significant addition to educational provision available for young people in this area and it is fantastic to see the school moving into its iconic new building. The trust is delighted by the progress the school has made since it opened last September thanks to the hard work and commitment of its excellent staff and students.”

While all IKB Year 10 and 11 students study a core curriculum of English language and English literature, maths, biology, physics and chemistry and choose from a range of STEM GCSE and BTEC options, if a pupil wishes to choose a subject such as history, art or a language they can join classes at Wellsway.

All sixth-formers at IKB study maths and do A-levels and BTECs in STEM subjects, with the option to take other subjects at Wellsway. Students of all ages can also join after-school sports and music activities at Wellsway.

To find out more, visit or attend an open evening on April 6, May 18 and July 6.